But that's sort of the point many of us are trying to make. A revolver chambered in .357 Magnum is the same size as one chambered in .38 Special but can shoot both cartridges, which the .38 Special cannot. No downside to the Magnum if you only want to shoot Specials but you can "step up" to something more powerful if you ever want to. It's truly having your cake and eating it too (much like having a .44 Magnum instead of a .44 Special revolver). I'm not opposed to .38 Special handguns; at last count I have six of them.